Letter: Center support

December 22, 2012


To the editor:

I support the proposed athletics facility. As someone who has had rent to basketball facilities for the past 20 years, I want to voice my support for the new athletics facility proposed by the city and Kansas University. It is difficult to find available gyms on a regular basis. The demand for gym space in Lawrence has outgrown the availability. This will be an investment in the future of our community. Congratulations to the City Commission for their vision.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Nonsense. This about selling real estate aka homes and such which then makes this project more pork barrel for the local real estate executives and other local profiteers.

Private money should build it and manage it. But it's too risky for the private money.

Taxpayers will never get their tax dollars back on this questionable development.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, keep raising taxes in Lawrence. Soon they will be as high as Topeka.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 5 months ago

Why do you care? As I recall, you wouldn't live in Lawrence if someone gave you a free house.

grimpeur 5 years, 5 months ago

If the city is going to pay $25M for anything, then the citizens of Lawrence must be the number one users, and the priority of usage must reflect our status as the outright owners of the facility, not KU, not AAU, not NCAA.

The signs at Lawrence High spell out that the stadium is for use by students. Other users must work around LHS users. The signs at the new facility must give the same priority to the citizens of Lawrence.

If we can't get a clear commitment from KU and from other parties involved that this facility is first and foremost a CITY facility, then we can just drop this charade right now.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Put the matter before the taxpayers. Let us vote on this project of questionable ethics?

Where are the numbers that the taxpaying stakeholders can rely on as accurate?

A vote should be mandated on projects of this magnitude. Commissioners should realize that taxpayers do not necessarily trust the judgement of politicians. This is not new.

We taxpayers deserve a chance to vote on this project. Why are commissioners protecting this special interest project?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

The largest number of stakeholders on this matter aka taxpayers deserve an opportunity to speak out on this matter.

Let the largest number of stakeholders vote on this matter. If it is a worthwhile project in the eyes of the taxpayer it will sail through as the library project did. As the T did. As the 1994-95 sales tax did.

Let fiscally responsible democracy work for the Stakeholders! Let we stakeholders vote on this matter. It's our money.

independent_rebel 5 years, 5 months ago

As did the vote for to build the SLT--but you are against that one.

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